Affordable Wedding Dresses

Fashionable doesn't always have to mean expensive. Designer gowns are obviously not within most brides' reach, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo the latest styles. Here are some great options that won't bust your budget.

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Encore by Watters

Don't get hung up on marketing. The Encore by Watters dresses are billed as rehearsal dinner, exit and destination wedding dresses but there's absolutely nothing wrong with choosing one as your wedding dress. These stylish - and very affordable - dresses are perfect for the bride looking for lace, a shorter skirt or a more casual look. Think of them as the anti-ball gown. They range from about $250-$500, with the majority falling somewhere around $350 or so. Most have skirts that fall at the knee or a little bit above, though there are a few full- and tea-length options. Plus, if you're looking outside the box of traditional white, then you're in luck. Many of the dresses in this collection offer a wide range of lace, ribbon and lining color options.

The Catania lace dress has popular three-quarter length sleeves and v-neckline that channels the recent trend of plunging necklines while remaining modest. Peplums are in. Get this fashionable look with Palm.

The Coriander has a modest neckline with a stylish open back. This particular dress has a number of lace, ribbon and liner color options as well, as do many of the Encore by Watters dresses.

The simple, sweet and romantic Messina with a dramatic illusion back.

In addition to longer sleeves, short and cap sleeves are also gaining popularity. The Palermo offers a wide selection of lace, lining and ribbon colors. Channel a little retro flair with the tea-length Rho.

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